Disney Food Post Round-Up: June 16, 2013

Happy Dad’s DAY!!! We’re raising a glass to all of your dads out there and hoping you’re having a great Father’s Day!

Starbucks has officially come to Disney World!

This week, we’ve got some awesome news to share with you, including coffee updates (Starbucks has soft opened in Main Street Bakery!), Food and Wine Festival updates, and more…

Let’s take a look at the latest!

Disney Food News

We’ve gathered this week’s food news from your favorite Disney destinations!

Of course, there’s more! Check out all the latest Disney Food News — even the stuff we don’t mention in posts on the blog! — on our Disney Food News Pin Board, including a New Egg White Omelet at the Kona Cafe and a Newly Erupting Volcano at the Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney Orlando.

DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food — or other edible awesomeness — in or from Disney, share a photo with us on facebook or twitter so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday!

DFB Reader Janel sent us a “plate full of goodies” from Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. YUM!

Breakfast at Chef Mickey's!

If you’re hankering for some French Toast, DFB Reader Brian tempts us with this photo of the creme brulee version from the Pepper Market at Coronado Springs Resort. Also, watch for a DFB review coming soon!

Breakfast at Pepper Market.

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On to the Round-Up!

Walt Disney World for Grown Ups names ten top Disney spots for sharing a beer with Dad!

Mickey Fix highlights an R2D2 bottle stopper!

Stuff from the Park shares a vintage 1950s menu for kids dining at the Disneyland Hotel.

AllEars shares details on an adult cooking class at the Portobello Restaurant in Downtown Disney Orlando.

Eighteen25 shares a super fun Disney savings jar with a snack-tastic surprise!

Mouse on the Mind finds a thrifty breakfast at Shades of Green’s Garden Gallery.

Disney Parks Blog shows us how to create Eggs Benedict courtesy of Steakhouse 55’s Chef Alle Thiam.

FIRST LOOK! Main Street Bakery Starbucks Offers Soft Opening!

Main Street Bakery fans and Starbucks coffee aficionados — this news is for you! After a long refurbishment, the Main Street Bakery — Now with STARBUCKS! — in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is in “soft opening”. During soft opening, guests are receiving dining vouchers for admittance. This allows Disney to test out a newly updated venue and keep control of the crowd.

Main Street Bakery -- Now with Starbucks!

As we announced earlier, the renovation made way for the FIRST Starbucks location inside a Disney World theme park. And not long ago, we showed the Starbucks signage!

Here are the magical passes that allowed guests into the bakery this morning.

Dining Voucher for Main Street Bakery's Soft Opening.

Main Street Bakery Starbucks Atmosphere

Inside, the refurbished Main Street Bakery we don’t spot any glaring Starbucks presence. However, DFB reporter Shawn B. tells us “It’s all Starbucks here. All Starbucks cups, many of the pastries in the pastry display are all from Starbucks. I recognized the coffee cakes and pound cakes immediately.”


Main Street Bakery Cases.

Here are a few of the eats that were available for today’s breakfast! We see a cinnamon roll listed, but were told at the Bakery that we’d have to go to Gaston’s Tavern for a cinnamon roll today. We’ll keep an eye on that situation for you!

Starbucks at Disney World -- Eats

Drinks are standard Starbucks drinks. Note the Disney Dining Plan symbol to show that these are a snack credit.

Starbucks at Main Street Bakery -- Drinks!

The drinks are marked like Starbucks trains their baristas to do. The first Cast Member actually takes your drink order, calls it over the headset, and writes it down. If you don’t order your drink there, they will take it just as Starbucks does at the counter and mark the cup appropriately. They also take names to call out.

Main Street Bakery Taking Orders!

Main Street Bakery.

The condiment bar is the same as a Starbucks. It has

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News! Starbucks Signage Up in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom!

Welp…the time draws nigh!!!

As we reported last year, the Main Street Bakery in the Magic Kingdom is now under refurb to bring Starbucks to Disney World. We’ve been anxiously awaiting news of its re-opening, and it looks like we’re getting closer and closer!

Starbucks Signage outside Disney World's Main Street Bakery

Starbucks signage was recently spotted hanging over the bakery location in the covered walkway outside, and there’s also signage on and around the building!

Starbucks Signage on Main Street Bakery Window

We know that many of our readers are concerned that the bakery will lose its turn-of-the-century charm; but we’ve been assured that [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: March 3, 2013

The 2013 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival begins THIS WEEK!

2013 Flower and Garden Festival UK Booth! Check out all of the food menus here!

We’re so excited to see 12 food and beverage marketplaces added to the mix this year and can’t wait to share our full review with you!

In the meantime, be sure to check out the newly updated Epcot Flower and Garden Festival Menu here!

Disney Dining News

More fun Disney Dining News for ya…

We’ve got additional food news, including restaurant closures, concept art for Main Street Bakery, Disneyland AP discount at Earl of Sandwich, and LOTS more, on our Disney Food News Pin Board! Head over and check it out!

DFB Podcast Episode 13

The new DFB Podcast Episode is here!

In the 13th episode of the DFB Podcast, AJ and Brad bring listeners the latest Disney Food News; discuss some great money-saving tips at Walt Disney World and Disneyland; answer a few listener questions (including whether or not the Disney Dining Plan is worth the dough), and reveal the winner of our Episode 12 trivia question (AND compel you with a brand-new trivia question!).

Got a Disney dining question? Send it to podcast@disneyfoodblog.com with “Question” in the subject line and we’ll add it to our list to answer on the podcast!

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Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food — or other awesomeness — in or from Disney, share a photo with us on facebook or twitter so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday!

DFB Reader Gena shared what happens when you ask for ketchup at Whispering Canyon Cafe in the Wilderness Lodge at Walt Disney World!

Don't ask for ketchup!

And Kat tweeted “The mandarin chicken salad at Yak and Yeti quick service [in Disney’s Animal Kingdom] is surprisingly tasty!”

Mandarin Chicken Salad!

Thanks for sharing your photos and memories with us!!

Disney Food Post Round-Up

Walmart has a Star Wars Chocolate Easter Bunny Stormtrooper! Take a bite out of the Dark Force!

Daveland shares vintage photos of The Plantation House in Disneyland.

Eating (and Drinking) Around the World highlights Disney food enjoyed during the Marathon Weekend.

Stuff from the Park digs up some Disneyland-inspired recipes!

Such the Spot creates a copycat recipe for Earl of Sandwich’s All-American! Nice job, Disney Mom Darcie!

Main Street Gazette stops for a frankfurter at Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Running at Disney enjoys lunch at Sanaa.

Have a great week, all!! We’ll see you tomorrow with our review of the newly revamped Epcot restaurant, Monsieur Paul!

Review: Tomorrowland Terrace Breakfast

Those headed into Main Street USA for the next few months will be greeted with the shuttered and shut down Main Street Bakery…

Shuttered Main Street Bakery

But never fear if breakfast is what’s on your mind.

As we reported a few days ago, Tomorrowland Terrace will be serving breakfast eats while Main Street Bakery is undergoing refurbishment and Starbucks-ifying over the next few months!


And the fearless Erin Foster, our Disney Food for Families Columnist and Disney Dining guru here at DFB, took some time after running the half-marathon last weekend (GO ERIN!!) to check out the goods!

You can see the full Tomorrowland Terrace Breakfast Menu here!


We were excited to see one of Disney’s guest favorite snacks pop up at this temporary breakfast spot.

You can see that these beignets are fashioned after those made at Port Orleans French Quarter resort. They’re made fresh, so you may need to wait a few minutes for them after you order.

These aren’t quite as light and fluffy as the POFQ version, but they’re a good effort. The serving came with five pieces — two more than you get at POFQ — so they’re easy to share. Also, they’re messy, so be aware — but the powdered sugar is great.

Tomorrowland Terrace Beignets

Mini Waffles with Fruit Topping

We were wondering if these would be Mickey waffles, but they’re more similar to the Belgium Booth waffles from the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

These were good, and are a very reasonable portion size for a normal human being. Syrup is available, but you have to ask at the counter — it’s not at the condiment station. I can see that being a drag if lines were long.

As for the topping, the blueberries are fresh; but the strawberries seem slightly “compotey.”

Mini Waffles with Fruit Topping


This is a decent-sized portion of oatmeal, and comes with [Read more…]

News! Tomorrowland Terrace Breakfast Menu in Magic Kingdom (Now Serving Beignets?!)

Now that the Main Street Bakery is closed for renovation and Starbucks-ifying, guests have to go elsewhere for their breakfast pastries!

This past weekend, our colleague (and Goofy Challenge Medalist!!!) Andy Jackson from Eating (and Drinking) around the World sent over a few pics from the Magic Kingdom of the newest breakfast game in town: The Tomorrowland Terrace!

Usually open sporadically, Tomorrowland Terrace has had various menu changes throughout the past couple of years. But it rarely (if ever) offers breakfast.

Now, while the offerings aren’t as extensive as what you could have found at the Bakery had it been open, I’m pretty intrigued by a couple of the choices…

Tomorrowland Terrace Breakfast Offerings

Tomorrowland Terrace Breakfast Offerings -- Beignets!

Beignets?!? Wha?! I wonder if they’re more like the Port Orleans French Quarter Beignets, or more like the Disneyland Mickey Beignets! Anyone out there try them yet?

Port Orleans French Quarter Beignets

And it’s good to see that the Main Street Bakery ham and cheese croissant is still available… [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: December 30, 2012

Hey all!! Happy last-round-up-of-2012!! Tomorrow we’ll have an awesome collection of our Top 10 Disney Food News Stories from 2012 — AND we’ll be sending out out Disney Food Blog Newsletter! Click here to sign up!

Limited Time Magic Cookie

Also, don’t forget that Disney’s newest promo — Limited Time Magic — will be starting in just a couple of days! Keep your eyes open for limited time events and special options while you’re in Disney World and Disneyland this year! Food-wise, look for specialty menus, limited edition eats, and more!

But since we’re still in 2012, let’s take a peek at the latest Disney Food News…

Disney Dining News

Scoop up some Disney Dining news over on our Disney Food News Pin Board!!

  • Gasparilla Grill & Games at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort will be re-opening soon as Gasparilla Island Grill.
  • An on-line ordering feature is being tested for Be Our Guest Restaurant’s lunch guests.
  • Walt Disney World has been named the “Best Gluten Free Vacation Destination” in the 3rd Annual Gluten Free Awards!
  • Starbucks in the Magic Kingdom is reportedly opening on May 18th after a lengthy refurbishment of the Main Street Bakery! Note that Disney refurbs often open late, so stay tuned for updated opening dates.
  • Disneyland pays tribute to the Golden Horseshoe Revue!
  • More News Year’s Eve options at Walt Disney World Announced!
  • Temporary bar kiosks will be set up in World Showcase for New Year’s Eve!
  • Menu changes have taken place at Carthay Circle restaurant in Disney California Adventure.

We’ve got additional food news, including restaurant closures, and LOTS more, on our Disney Food News Pin Board! Head over and check it out!

DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food in or from Disney, share a photo with us so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday!

Erin, our Disney Food for Families columnist, discovered fresh snickerdoodles, cider, and candy canes in the lobby of the Wilderness Lobby during her holiday vacation. We heard that the Polynesian was offering similar goodies to those lucky enough to be in WDW during the holidays!

Holiday Treats at the Wilderness Lodge

Our editor, Kim LaPaglia, spotted this new popcorn t-shirt ($23.95) featuring the original Disneyland popcorn box at Keystone Clothiers in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Popcorn T-shirt

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On to the Round-Up

Walt Disney World for Grown-Ups visits Epcot’s Akershus Royal Banquet Hall for an adults-only princess meal.

Disney Parks Blog shares ideas for celebrating New Year’s Eve at Disney Quest, Bongos Cuban Cafe, Splitsville, Raglan Road, La Nouba, or Planet Hollywood in Downtown Disney Orlando.

AND, they win a point in our book for looking at the roastie toasties at Disneyland’s popcorn carts.

Mouse on the Mind looks at some freebies at Old Key West resort, including [Read more…]

Review: Christmas Cookies at Magic Kingdom!

Christmas cupcakes are awesome, but what are the holidays without a few cookies?

In Disney, there are dozens of types of holiday cookies to choose from, but I  always head straight to the Main Street Bakery in Magic Kingdom to find the really creative ones!

And this visit was no different. Every year I find different options, and they’re all as festive and fun and can be. Let’s take a look at the 2012 editions of the Main Street Bakery holiday cookies!

Santa Mickey Sugar Cookies

I am a sugar cookie fiend — especially when they’re iced (you’re not surprised, are you?!) — and these ones absolutely stole my heart when I saw them in the bakery case!

Santa Mickey Sugar Cookie

This simple design represents Santa himself — complete with his little belt and belt buckle! Later in the week I saw these cookies made with a much larger belt and belt buckle, so there may be a few different versions out there depending on who’s manning the icing counter at the Bakery! ;-)

But it’s not always what’s on top that counts! These soft, chewy butter cookies are always worth getting at the bakery. They’re delicious, and have a rich, sweet taste that’s [Read more…]

Cinnamon Roll Throw-Down: Gaston’s Tavern vs. Main Street Bakery

Since the Starbucks at Main Street Bakery announcement a couple of weeks ago, there’s been lots of worry about whether the beloved cinnamon rolls will still be available at Main Street Bakery in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.

According to the Disney Parks Blog, the only response to this question has been: “…the cinnamon rolls are available at Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland…”. Even if this only refers to the period while the Main Street Bakery will be closed for refurbishment, there’s no mention of whether or not they’ll return to the Main Street Bakery when it re-opens in the Summer of 2013. (Personally, I think they will, but what do I know?)

Gaston's Tavern VS. Main Street Bakery: Cinnamon Roll Challenge!

SO, we decided to take it upon ourselves to do a little taste test between the two cinnamon rolls to find out if the Gaston’s Tavern version is a worthy substitute for those giant rolls over on Main Street! Here we goooo!

Gaston’s Tavern Cinnamon Roll

According to cast members, these rolls are actually made at the Bakery and transported over to Gaston’s, so they should be largely the same, right? The icing (supposedly a maple version at Gaston’s) is added at the Tavern instead of at the Bakery.

First impression? The Gaston’s Tavern Cinnamon Roll is just as large — if not larger — than the one at Main Street Bakery!

As always, I asked for extra frosting — which isn’t (yet) a common request at Gaston’s. Still, the cast member was kind enough to go back to the kitchen and squeeze a bit more frosting onto the roll. The “extra frosting” thing works differently here than it does at Main Street Bakery, though: At Main Street, the extra frosting is scooped from the bottom of the cinnamon roll pan, which means it’s all warm and cinnamony!

Here at Gaston’s, the extra frosting is just squeezed on from the original frosting bottle, which means it’s room temp…and not cinnamony. Probably an issue due to the rolls being made elsewhere.

Gaston's Tavern Cinnamon Roll -- with extra icing

But we looked past that, as the roll seemed to have [Read more…]

First Disney World Starbucks Locations Announced!

The news is finally here! Disney has officially announced that Starbucks will take over the Main Street Bakery in Magic Kingdom and Fountain View Cafe in Epcot in 2013.

Note the Mickeys on the Cup Sleeve

Main Street Bakery and Fountain View Cafe to become Starbucks

We’ve been wondering for nearly a year now where the Starbucks would be located at the Magic Kingdom. And as it turns out, the Main Street Bakery will be completely revamped to hold the new java shop.

According to Disney, the Bakery will close in January 2013 with Starbucks opening in early summer. At Epcot, Fountain View will close in March 2013 and reopen as a Starbucks location in midsummer.

As we saw with Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe in Disney California Adventure, the Starbucks locations will adhere as much as possible to the theme of the parks where they’re located.

For example, Magic Kingdom’s Starbucks will have an early 20th century theme to fit in with Main Street USA. Baristas will be costumed in period wear. In Epcot, the look and feel will represent the modern feel of Future World.

Starbucks Stuff in Current Disneyland Location

Also as we saw at Fiddler in DCA, the locations will offer Starbucks signature beverages along with sandwiches and baked goods.

Bakery Case at Starbucks in Disney California Adventure

If the sandwiches are anything like they are in Disneyland’s location, this means another [Read more…]